Net income is a number you want to monitor for stability or growth. Depending on the company and what they are doing, that number can drop but it should be for reasons such as acquisitions or new equipment. To calculate net income, you will take the company’s whole revenue number and subtract business expenses and operating costs to get a number pre tax. From there you can take out taxes and arrive at the net income number. Taxes are important to watch as well as you want to see favorable tax numbers over the long haul.
Income for a business is important and net income can help by eliminating taxes and more, giving you a true total of income. For example, if you make $10,000 and tax is 10%, your net income would be $9,000. Net income also goes by other names such as earnings or profit attributable. This number is used in the EPS or earnings per share calculation that allows investors to compare apples to apples.